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September 19, 2009

Football Player With Down Syndrome Scores Touchdown [dri]

Behind 46-0 late in the fourth quarter Monday, St. Joseph Benton High School (MO) unleashed their ultimate offensive weapon against Maryville: 5-foot-3, 110-pound running back Matt Ziesel. Ziesel, who just happened to have been born with Down syndrome, promptly took the hand-off and dashed 65 yards for a touchdown.

The touching scene was orchestrated by St. Joseph Benton coach Dan McCamy and Maryville defensive coach David McEnaney.

“I’ve got a special situation,” McCamy remembers telling Maryville freshman defensive coach David McEnaney. “I know you guys want to get a shutout. Most teams would want a shutout, but in this situation I want to know if maybe you can let one of my guys run in for a touchdown.”
“It’s just amazing how one play can mean so much to one kid and then to a team and then to a community,” McCamy said Thursday after practice. “And now it’s spread not just to the community of St. Joseph, but now it’s spread across the region. How something so simple can impact so many — to me, that’s the amazing part about it.”
The video is below. H/T Lucianne.com

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